Marjoram, Thymus mastichina, is often confused with a mostly unrelated plant bearing the same common name – Origanum marjorana, or sweet marjoram, which is a cousin of oregano with a scent like nutmeg. Thymus mastichina, or Spanish marjoram, belongs to the thyme family and has a strong and spicy scent and often a rich orange color. The smell is considered more ‘masculine’ or ‘oriental’ than most perfume industry oils, though it is sometimes used in specialized colognes. It is also a meat, soup, and table sauce seasoning.
The history of the two ‘marjoram’ plants blends together in places, but in general sources go back to ancient Roman times, when marjoram was used in medicines and to symbolize eternal love and happiness. Newlyweds wore wreaths of marjoram as a boon for their upcoming life and joy together. Teas of Spanish marjoram were a favorite among singers, who used the leaves to soothe their throats and protect against vocal injuries. Other ancient Greek references include using marjoram plants as a treatment for muscular tension, poisonous animal bites, and fluid retention.
Modernly, Spanish marjoram oil is highlighted for its respiratory applications and ability to ease complaints as severe as bronchitis. It is said to relieve sinus headaches, general tension, sore muscles, and menstrual cramping. It is also thought a useful sleep aide and relaxant, particularly when blended with softer scents like lavender or bergamot. Users say Spanish marjoram is their choice oil for overcoming irrational fears, gaining perspective, increasing compassion, and purifying the mind, body, and spirit.
Organic marjoram essential oil from Prana Organic Plant Oils is vital to your aromatherapy collection. You will absolutely love the rich herbal scent of this oil.
- Common Name: Marjoram
- Botanical Name: Thymus mastichina
- Country of Origin: Spain
- Extraction Method: Steam
- Plant Part: Leaves and Flowers
Do not apply undiluted to the skin. If pregnant, breast feeding or under the care of a physician consult your doctor. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
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